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scouserl41

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on: December 30, 2018, 05:28:46 PM
I decided that I had to get back into oils. I love the workability of them. I've chickened out and used watercolors and acrylics outdoors until this past week, but forced myself to load the easel with the oil supplies.
Getting used to wet on wet again has been a challenge but hopefully I'm back in the "Groove".
Yesterday the light was fantastic on these desert flowers and cactus.
Brian
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Reply #1 on: January 01, 2019, 01:32:04 AM
Looks really nice!

Never had the courage to do plein air.  A neighbor keeps asking me to try, but then again he is a professional mural painter.

So my cowardice continues.

Like your work, keep up the oils!

Hope to see your next work soon.

Charles



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Reply #2 on: January 06, 2019, 09:33:12 PM
Looking great Brian. :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Charles - maybe head out somewhere where you will be alone for your first time. The biggest fear of en plein air is that people will come around and look while you are painting - in my experience anyway.If you know it is just you, you will quickly learn to love it. Then once your confidence builds, you can venture out to paint in a more public area O0

PS - Also realise that your outdoor paintings will seldom look as good as your studio paintings. That also helps take a the pressure off O0


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Reply #3 on: January 07, 2019, 02:37:50 PM
Good advice Nolan! As usual.

If you have a local art group then Plein Air is easier if you are in a crowd, gives you somewhere to hide!

Start in your back yard, that's plain air!

Plein Air has to be fast because the light changes fairly quickly. That means you have to be "Loose". That's not a bad thing at all and helps you develop a "Style" of your own.

I was as nervous as a kitten the first time I tried it but now I like to have people come and look over my shoulder and chat, kids especially. The last time out people where standing next to me and getting their pictures taken! Hilarious.

I'll be out again tomorrow with the local "Casa Grande Urban Sketchers" this time in he Old Town section of town, should be fun.


Brian
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Reply #4 on: January 07, 2019, 03:45:58 PM
Brian,

So happy for you.  I am giving plein air some thought.

aloha

mea
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Reply #5 on: January 07, 2019, 08:00:52 PM
Have fun today Brian, looking forward to seeing your painting :gl:
Just go for it Mea O0


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Reply #6 on: January 07, 2019, 10:09:44 PM
Thanks Nolan for the encouragement!

This is not a great time of year to be outdoors in Houston.

But early April is when wildflower season begins.  Need to get in touch my neighbor and make preliminary plans.

Charles


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Reply #7 on: January 08, 2019, 09:39:02 PM
that's what I like to hear :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:


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Reply #8 on: January 09, 2019, 02:06:08 PM
Not trying to steal Brian’s thread, as he was the one starting this discussion, Thanks Brian.

Did contact my neighbor and he is excited, he wants to go to a nearby duck pond in an exclusive outdoor shopping center.  Guessing next week, after I get an oil primed canvas ready.

This will be great, not worried about embarrassing myself, as I have always been able to do that well.

Thanks for the thread Brian and you encouragement Nolan!

Charles
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Reply #9 on: January 09, 2019, 07:38:34 PM
 :gl: and let us know how it went


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Reply #10 on: January 12, 2019, 02:52:26 AM
Hey Charles, glad you enjoyed the thread. You can overcome your anxiety, go out and paint!
Thanks Nolan for the comments, always welcome and helpful.
This weeks Urban Sketch was in the "Old Town" section of Casa Grande Arizona.
The light was focused on the yellow wall and blue sign and the old pickup truck attracted my eye too.
Brian
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Reply #11 on: January 12, 2019, 03:00:48 AM
Nice, Brian.  Easy feel to it.

aloha

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Reply #12 on: January 12, 2019, 05:42:43 AM
 :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: LOVE all of your art, and enthusiasm for what you’re doing, Brian!!! ~Liz


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Reply #13 on: January 12, 2019, 02:27:44 PM
Wow, really nice.

Met with my friend who is an accomplished professional painter for over 50 years.  He is really excited that he has someone to go out with, I spent 3 hours just chatting with him about the approach to plein air, and what equipment I would want, which all gets here to day.

So weather and schedules permitting maybe next week.

Really like your most recent plein air painting.

Charles


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Reply #14 on: January 12, 2019, 05:26:57 PM
Old trucks always catch my eye... loved my 1949 GMC and 1951 Dodge, both 1/2 tons. Great painting Brian.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Good on you Charles!  :heeha:   Have my backpack w/seat ready to be packed. Just deciding what to have a go at first... graphite, w/c, or pastel... decisions, decisions!  :doh:      :2funny:     Have fun, hoping to find someone to share the adventure with here.
Cheers, Val

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